12-23 January and
11-22 March 2024.
Join me, Jason Mowen, and six to eight guests on a multi-course feast for the senses through laid-back and lovely Malaysia, a melting pot of cultures – Indian, Chinese and Malay amongst others – just eight hours from Australia.
Together we’ll explore its heady mix of architecture, gastronomy and spirituality and experience the very best Malaysia has to offer, from exquisite boutique hotels to one of the most legendary tropical retreats on the planet. Each day will unfold at a relaxed pace – breakfast at the hotel, a cultural outing and either a long lunch or dinner at a fabulous restaurant – with plenty of downtime in between to shop, wander or just lay by the pool with a book. Think of it less of a tour and more like travelling with an old friend.
12-23 January and 11-22 March, 2024
AUD 12,500 single 9,900 double per person
Day 1-4: Urban Explorer
The Lee Rubber Building was the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur when it was completed in 1931 and has just been made over as the city’s most sumptuous boutique hotel, Else. With this reimagined Art Deco beauty in Chinatown as our base, we’ll delve into the city’s delights, exploring mid-century mosques and otherworldly temples, the city’s most dazzling museum and the architectural remnants of Malaysia’s colonial past. Add cool and cinematic cafes to the mix, alongside sundowners at a rooftop bar to take in the dazzling Petronas Towers, truly superb restaurants and KL’s coolest cocktail joints, rounding out the perfectly formed city break.
Day 5-8: Faded Grandeur
Next stop is the UNESCO World Heritage site, George Town, on the island of Penang. We’ll travel by ETS – Malaysia’s slick Electronic Train Service – weaving our way through forests of palm trees up the Malay Peninsula. After checking in to Seven Terraces, a row of 19th-century shophouses made over as a resplendent boutique hotel, we’ll wander George Town’s play of languid streets and laneways, exploring colourful historic mansions and otherworldly clan and guild houses, many relating to the fascinating hybrid culture of the Peranakans. Crumbling and romantic, George Town is one of the great repositories of colonial-era architecture in Asia, made all the more lovely by Penang’s island pace and world-renowned food scene.
Day 9-11: Island Architecture
After lunch we’ll take a quick 30-minute flight to the lush island paradise of Langkawi, home to one of the world’s great expressions of tropical architecture: The Datai Langkawi. Perched between an ancient rainforest and the Andaman Sea, this masterpiece of Australian architect, Kerry Hill, celebrates its 30th anniversary this October, our base for the next three days. We’ll discuss the hotel – refurbished in 2019 by interior architect Didier Lefort, who worked alongside Hill on the original design – sample its various restaurants and explore the surrounding rainforest, with plenty of time in between for the beach, the pool and The Datai’s stellar spa.
The Itinerary will feature unique encounters that might include brunch with a renowned KL chef to sample the places he likes to eat on his day off; supper at the home of a Peranakan collector; a private walk through with a museum curator and other similarly spirited adventures.
The Pursuit Of Malaysia
11 nights 12-23 January 2024
AUD 12,500 single 9,900 double per person
30% deposit with balance 60 days prior to departure
- Private Airport Transfer upon arrival in Kuala Lumpur
- 4 nights accommodation Else Kuala Lumpur
- 4 nights accommodation Seven Terraces George Town
- 3 nights accommodation The Datai Langkawi
- Breakfast plus lunch or dinner daily, including wine/cocktail pairing
- All transport throughout intinerary, including flight Penang-Langkawi
- Entrance fees, taxes and local guides where required
- Private airport transfer upon departure in Langkawi
- Flights to/from Malaysia
- Comprehensive travel insurance (mandatory)
- Visa or travel requirements for entry into Malaysia
- Select lunches and dinners at leisure
- Room Service and mini bar
- Massage and spa treatments
- Accommodation based on 33m2 Urban Room (Else Kuala), 80m2 Duplex Suite (Seven Terraces) and 63m2 Canopy Deluxe (The Datai) with room/suite upgrades from AUD150/night
- Additional accommodation can be arranged should you wish to arrive a day earlier in Kuala Lumpur or if you would like to stay longer in Langkawi, pending availability
- While January is one of the coolest and driest months to experience Malaysia, the country is hot and humid year round, interspersed with tropical rain showers
- Dress for comfort although smart casual attire is required at some bars and restaurants
Jason Mowen is an Australian interior designer and writer who divides his time between Murrurundi in the Upper Hunter and Matino, Puglia. An inveterate traveller, he has worked with tourism boards, luxury hotels and cultural institutions to promote atmospheric travel across the globe.
Jason is a contributor to Vogue Living, WISH and The Murrurundi Argus. His words have also appeared in international publications such as Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller, while his interiors have been published in Elle Decor, Belle and AD.
His travel style is unhurried and full of passion, seeking out beauty and interest in unexpected places and always avoiding the crowd.
Photo credits: Nicholas Watt, Else Retreats, The Datai Langkawi and Jason Mowen
Terms and Conditions:
Please note, a minimum number of guests are required for the trip to proceed. You will be provided with confirmation once this number has been reached. (The January trip is confirmed.)
If you choose to book your flight in advance of final confirmation, please book a refundable fare and/or obtain travel insurance to protect yourself against additional charges, should dates change or if cancellation occurs.
You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 30% of the total booking cost, unless the booking is made 60 days or less prior to departure, in which case full payment must be paid when booking. If there is an unforeseen date change or cancellation, your deposit is refundable.
Fully comprehensive travel insurance is required for the trip. Please provide proof of insurance prior to departure.
Please note that while all efforts are made to present the itinerary as presented, we reserves the right to make any changes to the final itinerary deemed necessary, or due to circumstances beyond our control, such as flight changes, cancellations, political disturbances, natural disasters, etc.
Photographs and video recordings of guests may be used by The Pursuit Of for promotional purposes.